The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

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Cecily longs to return to her beloved Edgeley Hall, where her father was lord of the manor. But now he has completely ruined her life. He is moving them to Caernarvon, in occupied Wales, where he can get a place for almost nothing, since the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will get to be the lady of the house at last—if all goes well.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English came and destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now Gwenhwyfar must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl who has taken what should have been hers.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And meanwhile the Welsh are not as conquered as they seem. Outside the city walls of Caernarvon, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.


About J. Anderson Coats

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J. Anderson Coats has masters degrees in history and library science. She lives with her family in Washington State. Visit her at
Published April 17, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 355 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Cecily is in a pet at having to leave the home of her youth—where her mother is buried—and relocate to the Welsh frontier, but her father is a younger son.

Feb 22 2012 | Read Full Review of The Wicked and the Just

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As Cecily realizes what is happening to the Welsh, tensions are rising and soon Cecily is in mortal danger.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Wicked and the Just

Arlington Library

It's 1293 and Cecily's uncle has returned from the crusades, forcing her and her father to leave Coventry, England and settle newly conquered land in Caernarvon, Wales.

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